England news February 1, 2014

Gillespie rules out England job

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Jason Gillespie, the former Australia fast bowler and popular coach of Yorkshire, has ruled himself out of the running for an England coaching job following the resignation of Andy Flower.

It took only a matter of hours following the news of Flower's exit for Gillespie to be mentioned as a strong possible contender for the role of managing England. His positive effect on the Yorkshire dressing room and uncomplicated coaching style has raised comparisons with his fellow South Australian and adopted northerner Darren Lehmann.

But Gillespie told ESPNcricinfo he was adamant that his immediate future lay with Yorkshire. He expressed a desire to move into international coaching in time but did not wish to entertain leaving the county job in which he has mentored the likes of Joe Root and Jonny Bairstow and took the club to a second-place finish behind Durham in the 2013 Championship.

"I'm 100% committed to Yorkshire, really want to work with our players and support staff to achieve success at our County," Gillespie said. "We believe our club is moving in the right direction on and off the field and I am excited to be part of it. I am learning a lot about coaching and people where I am now. I love my job, I would look at an international opportunity down the line but not at this stage."

Apart from his desire to carry on with Yorkshire, Gillespie also has a young family to consider - the significant amount of global travel entailed in an ECB job is also likely to factor into his thinking. Gillespie had previously applied to be Australia's bowling coach in a post-playing career that has also taken him to Zimbabwe.

Daniel Brettig is an assistant editor at ESPNcricinfo. He tweets here

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  • r_sid on February 3, 2014, 15:19 GMT

    Perfect opportunity for ECB to usher a new tradition - approach Sir Alex Ferguson. So great are his achievements that, he is very likely to pick up where he left at specially with the army of support staff. As far as deep cricket knowledge is concerned, another brigade of experts will do.

  • dunger.bob on February 3, 2014, 7:55 GMT

    A playing career is no indication of how well a man can coach imo. Coaching is a totally different animal to playing I've been told. That's why I wouldn't dismiss Giles on the basis of what he did as a player. Average players can be brilliant coaches and vice versa.

    I'd be more interested in what he's achieved as a coach and from what I can see it's not that flash. Still, results aren't everything in the early days as a coach. Sometimes all you need to see is some overall improvement. So, to me at least, that's the real question. Has England improved under Giles? .. it's probably still too early to tell but honestly, from what I've seen on this tour, they must have been diabolical before he took over if it's true.

  • whofriggincares on February 3, 2014, 6:52 GMT

    @gavin7094, Joe root and "progress" should not be mentioned in the same breath. Having said that even if he has only played 16 games how many times do you think he has trained with them? I am suggesting they get Mickey Arthur for the job, he goes about things the same way Flower does who knows it may suit the English regimented, robotic and utterly boring way they like to play cricket.

  • TripleCenturian on February 2, 2014, 16:59 GMT

    As a Yorkshireman and supporter it's immense relief to hear Dizzy say this. As an England supporter I await to see who Downton, Clarke and Collier decide to replace Flower with and I suspect none will eventually prove to be as successful as Dizzy by the end of their careers.

    Moores, Giles, mick Newell are all non contenders for me , just look at Boof to realise that sometimes experience is not vital for the role.

    Longer term, it's a job well suited for Collingwood who has made the right moves this winter to gain international coaching experience and with success Giles can only dream about.

  • on February 2, 2014, 16:51 GMT

    Who ever takes over will have very big boots to fill. Flower was the best coach England have ever had. I think the coach needs to be English. Peter moored or Paul Farbrace are my favourites.

  • countjimmoriarty on February 2, 2014, 13:43 GMT

    Dhusan - he was asked the question by the press, and gave his answer. No approaches yet - just media speculation, which has been put to bed.

  • on February 2, 2014, 10:28 GMT

    England should NEVER even entertain the idea of having an Aussie coach.

  • Dhushan on February 2, 2014, 10:21 GMT

    Who said he was shortlisted or wanted for the job? I think he's just thinking ahead of himself.

  • gavin7094 on February 2, 2014, 10:20 GMT

    This is a joke, right? Gillespie has very little coaching experience (a bit in Zimbabwe and 2 seasons at Yorkshire, 1 of which was in the second division). Is this where we are now? Having such a dearth of talent that we seriously consider as a genuine candidate someone with so little experience? Or is it because he's Australian, so must automatically be better? Also, he can hardly be given any credit for Joe Root's progress. Root has only played 16 times for Yorkshire in the 2 years that Gillespie has been attached to the club.

  • ShutTheGate on February 2, 2014, 10:17 GMT

    Gillespie, Tom Moody or any other top level test player should not be allowed to coach England. Why? Because it's just not cricket!

    They're supposed to be the old enemy not a team that you help to re-build.

  • r_sid on February 3, 2014, 15:19 GMT

    Perfect opportunity for ECB to usher a new tradition - approach Sir Alex Ferguson. So great are his achievements that, he is very likely to pick up where he left at specially with the army of support staff. As far as deep cricket knowledge is concerned, another brigade of experts will do.

  • dunger.bob on February 3, 2014, 7:55 GMT

    A playing career is no indication of how well a man can coach imo. Coaching is a totally different animal to playing I've been told. That's why I wouldn't dismiss Giles on the basis of what he did as a player. Average players can be brilliant coaches and vice versa.

    I'd be more interested in what he's achieved as a coach and from what I can see it's not that flash. Still, results aren't everything in the early days as a coach. Sometimes all you need to see is some overall improvement. So, to me at least, that's the real question. Has England improved under Giles? .. it's probably still too early to tell but honestly, from what I've seen on this tour, they must have been diabolical before he took over if it's true.

  • whofriggincares on February 3, 2014, 6:52 GMT

    @gavin7094, Joe root and "progress" should not be mentioned in the same breath. Having said that even if he has only played 16 games how many times do you think he has trained with them? I am suggesting they get Mickey Arthur for the job, he goes about things the same way Flower does who knows it may suit the English regimented, robotic and utterly boring way they like to play cricket.

  • TripleCenturian on February 2, 2014, 16:59 GMT

    As a Yorkshireman and supporter it's immense relief to hear Dizzy say this. As an England supporter I await to see who Downton, Clarke and Collier decide to replace Flower with and I suspect none will eventually prove to be as successful as Dizzy by the end of their careers.

    Moores, Giles, mick Newell are all non contenders for me , just look at Boof to realise that sometimes experience is not vital for the role.

    Longer term, it's a job well suited for Collingwood who has made the right moves this winter to gain international coaching experience and with success Giles can only dream about.

  • on February 2, 2014, 16:51 GMT

    Who ever takes over will have very big boots to fill. Flower was the best coach England have ever had. I think the coach needs to be English. Peter moored or Paul Farbrace are my favourites.

  • countjimmoriarty on February 2, 2014, 13:43 GMT

    Dhusan - he was asked the question by the press, and gave his answer. No approaches yet - just media speculation, which has been put to bed.

  • on February 2, 2014, 10:28 GMT

    England should NEVER even entertain the idea of having an Aussie coach.

  • Dhushan on February 2, 2014, 10:21 GMT

    Who said he was shortlisted or wanted for the job? I think he's just thinking ahead of himself.

  • gavin7094 on February 2, 2014, 10:20 GMT

    This is a joke, right? Gillespie has very little coaching experience (a bit in Zimbabwe and 2 seasons at Yorkshire, 1 of which was in the second division). Is this where we are now? Having such a dearth of talent that we seriously consider as a genuine candidate someone with so little experience? Or is it because he's Australian, so must automatically be better? Also, he can hardly be given any credit for Joe Root's progress. Root has only played 16 times for Yorkshire in the 2 years that Gillespie has been attached to the club.

  • ShutTheGate on February 2, 2014, 10:17 GMT

    Gillespie, Tom Moody or any other top level test player should not be allowed to coach England. Why? Because it's just not cricket!

    They're supposed to be the old enemy not a team that you help to re-build.

  • on February 2, 2014, 9:58 GMT

    I'd like to offer my support to Hank Jellyfish - he couldn't do any worse and with changes at the top (like Downton), a more realistic and practical approach (that engages more with events in county cricket) would promote players of demonstrated worth. If Hank is willing to jettison the corrosive Petersen, then I'll happily step up to be his No. 2.

  • on February 2, 2014, 6:20 GMT

    sachin can coach England.

  • PFEL on February 2, 2014, 4:11 GMT

    Gillespie would never want to coach England, that's why he said no. If he was offered an Australian international coaching job he wouldn't think twice lol.

  • sguha12 on February 2, 2014, 3:41 GMT

    England should try to get John Wright for the job. He made a huge contribution when he was coaching the Indian team.

  • on February 2, 2014, 3:10 GMT

    india should get him… he is good

  • rockaposhi on February 2, 2014, 2:46 GMT

    i think Ashley giles will prove an average coach as i don't see any major work from his when he was a player (averaging 40 in test and 37 in ODI are average "averages"!) Or even since he took over as ODI coach (number 4 on ICC ranking by only 1 point ahead of siri lanka) !

  • orangtan on February 2, 2014, 2:22 GMT

    Flower has quit, otherwise we would have 2 Zimbabwean coaches, Flower and Fletcher, in charge when England and India meet in a wooden spoon clash come July. England have lost 11 of their last 12 international fixtures, India have lost 7 out of 10 with a draw, tie and no-result in the other 3. Not much to choose, an epic battle looms for the bottom of the barrel.

  • on February 2, 2014, 2:14 GMT

    Good to see South Australians Boof and Dizzie both clicking with Yorkshire. Nice balance of humor ambition humility and confidence amongst Adelaide people. Something similar in Yorkshire perhaps?

  • slazenger on February 2, 2014, 0:53 GMT

    Australians are great coaches and their coaching most of the international sides and produce great results. So why not England ??

  • on February 2, 2014, 0:51 GMT

    if England think that a superanuated very average spinner ( being kind here... played 50 tests ...which was about 40 too many ...average 40 with the ball ...20 with the bat ?? ! ) )with a name like "Ashley Giles" is going to be the answer to their current malaise .... Then the immediate prospects for Australia, Sth Africa , India et al !!! are looking particularly good !

  • on February 2, 2014, 0:27 GMT

    I would like to put my hat in the ring. I reckon I can get at least a draw in the next australian ashes summrr.

  • on February 1, 2014, 23:32 GMT

    Do the english have no self respect left? Is there not an englishman they would like to try at least. australias domination of england will be complete the day australia compete against australia in the ashes.

  • on February 1, 2014, 21:58 GMT

    Don't Sam. Your #1 candidate now.

  • LookatLuke on February 1, 2014, 21:46 GMT

    Pity, but reasons entirely understandable. He can still keep coaching those Yorks players who are England prospects, as with Root and Bairstow. Maybe he can find us some decent bowlers too.So the search goes on; Ash is only ever a stopgap, I hope; nice guy, but...

  • on February 1, 2014, 21:41 GMT

    I think Jason Gillespie's future lies in Australia, understandably

  • Chris_P on February 1, 2014, 21:19 GMT

    @Yorks1 I always enjoy reading posts from unbiased Yorkshire supporters! I agree though, he really is on full focus with Yorkshire & after reading a recent article down here, expressed determination to see through his project such was the overall positive impact he has received from them.

  • Cubey on February 1, 2014, 21:05 GMT

    ENGLAND NEED KIRSTEN...not Giles

  • Buggsy on February 1, 2014, 21:05 GMT

    Just wish he'd grow back that mullet.

  • markatnotts on February 1, 2014, 20:41 GMT

    I have total respect for 'Dizzy' and what he did on the field and what he is doing now for Yorkshire. Good to see he is persisting in his current role and considering his young family!

  • on February 1, 2014, 20:12 GMT

    I would like to take this opportunity to rule myself out of the England job too....

  • mtfb on February 1, 2014, 18:55 GMT

    That's a big relief for the White Rose.

  • Jas.Sohd on February 1, 2014, 18:47 GMT

    I think Gillespie made a very good decision. Being a hard core Yorkshire fan I know what this man has done for the team, he is a great cricketer and our bowling definitely needs someone like him. But if in his mind he's not yet ready for International coaching or if he just wants to stick with the team he has rebuilt for a bit longer to make sure they don't fail again, you just have to respect him a bit more no matter which way you think about it.

  • Yorks1 on February 1, 2014, 18:28 GMT

    Thank goodness for that. Good for Gillespie, good for Yorkshire, good for cricket. He is a great coach. This is an unbiased comment!

  • Cpt.Meanster on February 1, 2014, 18:08 GMT

    Of course he's an Aussie. Why would an Aussie want to coach England ?

  • donnao on February 1, 2014, 17:21 GMT

    ecb should look for gary kirsten ,,,,no to ashley giles....

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  • donnao on February 1, 2014, 17:21 GMT

    ecb should look for gary kirsten ,,,,no to ashley giles....

  • Cpt.Meanster on February 1, 2014, 18:08 GMT

    Of course he's an Aussie. Why would an Aussie want to coach England ?

  • Yorks1 on February 1, 2014, 18:28 GMT

    Thank goodness for that. Good for Gillespie, good for Yorkshire, good for cricket. He is a great coach. This is an unbiased comment!

  • Jas.Sohd on February 1, 2014, 18:47 GMT

    I think Gillespie made a very good decision. Being a hard core Yorkshire fan I know what this man has done for the team, he is a great cricketer and our bowling definitely needs someone like him. But if in his mind he's not yet ready for International coaching or if he just wants to stick with the team he has rebuilt for a bit longer to make sure they don't fail again, you just have to respect him a bit more no matter which way you think about it.

  • mtfb on February 1, 2014, 18:55 GMT

    That's a big relief for the White Rose.

  • on February 1, 2014, 20:12 GMT

    I would like to take this opportunity to rule myself out of the England job too....

  • markatnotts on February 1, 2014, 20:41 GMT

    I have total respect for 'Dizzy' and what he did on the field and what he is doing now for Yorkshire. Good to see he is persisting in his current role and considering his young family!

  • Buggsy on February 1, 2014, 21:05 GMT

    Just wish he'd grow back that mullet.

  • Cubey on February 1, 2014, 21:05 GMT

    ENGLAND NEED KIRSTEN...not Giles

  • Chris_P on February 1, 2014, 21:19 GMT

    @Yorks1 I always enjoy reading posts from unbiased Yorkshire supporters! I agree though, he really is on full focus with Yorkshire & after reading a recent article down here, expressed determination to see through his project such was the overall positive impact he has received from them.